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JR Jamison

The Facing Project host

J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman are the founders of The Facing Project, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, The Facing Project has connected writers, storytellers, artists, educators, and community leaders in over 100 communities across the country. The organization has over 1,500 stories in their archives. The Facing Project provides a model, tools, coaching, and a platform for communities to arm themselves with stories to begin crucial conversations—neighbor to neighbor, community to community—by discussing solutions and exploring healing through their own narratives.

J.R. has contributed to numerous academic journals and he has been featured in The Huffington PostHarlem World MagazineSoul Train, and The Guardian. J.R. also serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana Campus Compact and as an editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. His memoir, Hillbilly Queer, is forthcoming.